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This shoot was on-location at Banny Hom's garage out east of San Diego. The light details probably elude me, but if I had to guess I seem to remember using camera strobes to highlight elements of the background, along with shoot-through white umbrellas both near the camera and to lift shadows.
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Out east of San Diego off I-8 near the Salton Sea is a fantastic place.  I headed out there quite a few times when I lived in San Diego.  This was a shoot with the amazing Brita back in June 2007.  I'm finding it fun to trawl back through my archives and find gems I have overlooked and then polishing them using image editing capabilities I didn't have then.  This only reinforces the benefit of shooting in RAW.

In this shoot I was playing with my the new Hensel Porty with a bare bulb with reflector.  A simple one-light set-up, but very effective in direct sunlight.  The shadow is a give-away.  My key light is about a foot to my left and as high as the tripod would let me place it.  It was blowing a gale and a bungy-corded the tripod to my truck behind us.  

A little bit of editing here.  Primarily in the raw package to get the basic look-and-feel.  Desaturating the blues.  And then a bit of faffing about to change the green bikini to a grey one for consistency.

I like the alien feel to this.

#model #modelshoot #bikini #bikinisunday
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And another of Kiara from the same shoot.
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Yet another beautiful weekend here in Seattle.  Lately I've been wanted to play around with a more candid style.  This is shot with a ring light at minimal power with the shutter left open for 1.5s to allow the pool lighting to seep in.
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This image of Kirsty was taken in the Stingaree Club in downtown San Diego. It was here that I learnt that bottled drinks in a bar have covered when the bar is closed, and that people who work in bars can tell these sort of details in photographs. By happenchance, Kirstie's expression here is channeling the Monroe wallpaper in the background.

Lighting was straightforward. Probably just a a single white umbrella to my right. Post-processing includes judicious use of the liquify-tool, and the background and chair was originally a cyan color. I think the green works better. We tried a range of poses in this setting, and this was my favorite.

#model #bikini #bar #monroe
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A brief update with this shot of Taya.  #model   #bikini   #bikinisunday  
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I typically have three very distinct looks in each shoot I do.  I'm not sure how that evolved, but I don't feel as if I've tried enough combinations if I haven't shot at least three.  I posted a very subdued portrait of Bri previously.  This image is from the same shoot.  Beauty dish as key directly in front of Bri at head level.  Fill is a 3x4 soft box a little to my left.  I was after this poppy/saccharine look, which with a little pre-processing came out nicely.
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Kiara is a model in San Francisco who I shot with a couple of years back.  This October I was back in SF and we managed to set up another shoot.  When I travel I don't take more kit than will fit in my roll-along.  In this case - my camera, my 580exii flash, a flash meter, a small 20-ish inch umbrella and an an flash holder.

What I didn't have was I tripod, which was going to be a problem.  Luckily Kiara came with a very amenable friend who held the umbrella strobe combination patiently throughout the three hour shoot.

In this shot, the umbrella is a little higher than I am (about 3 foot off the floor) and a little to the right.
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I haven't been shooting for a while.  Too many fun things to do in Seattle while it doesn't rain for a few months.  However, this Sunday I set up a shoot with KendraMarie.  It's always a little nerve racking when the meeting place for the shoot is a Starbuck's on Aurora.  Still it was a short drive from my house, and I didn't have other plans.

I was shocked when I saw the 50s style pin-up hair-style she had done in the morning, but quickly got over it and decided this was finally the opportunity to play around with a "modern" pin-up style.  We spent a good part of the morning and early afternoon exploring the yard of her friend.

The shot below is taken with in a shaded part of the yard with the sun breaking through trees behind me.  Kendra is lit with a 22" beauty dish a little to my right and just a little bit higher than her head.  Power is set just a little over ambient light (probably 1 stop).
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I've posted a shot from this shoot before, but I've recently been playing around with a few more and decided to share this one too. Lacee is an aspiring model up near Everett. Her connections up there helped us set up this shoot, one which I'd been looking to revisit since an earlier shoot at +Banny Hom, Jr. garage a few years back. I find shooting girls and car brings out my "good conscience" / "bad conscience". The good conscience tells me that this is an over-wrought concept. The bad conscience loves the set that a car shop presents. Lots of cool tools, very interesting backgrounds, and it's easy to get models to interact and play in that environment.

Lighting here was two lights. The key was a 3' x 4' soft box to camera right (you can see the slight shadow cast to Lacee's right). The fill was a shoot through umbrella to my right filling in the shadows and illuminating the set including the blue car lift. The lights were balancing to bring out the blue of the setting sky outside.

A fair bit of photoshop here to amp up the image, but it is needed to provide the "Maxim" polished look.

What do you think? Does it work?

#model #car #tools
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Something about the desert draws me. This location is about an hour east of San Diego, and is completely lifeless. I used to shoot here whenever I got the chance. This shoot with Tanith was in a period when I was playing with "over-powering the sun" technique. If I remember rightly at the time I was heavily influenced by www.dg28.com. This image is f 9.5 for crispness and 1/180s camera sync. The sun is directly behind Tanith. I was playing with a "Punk Bikini" concept and have some other great images from this shoot which included another model and a MUA/hair stylist. The wind was quite fearsome, which limited lighting complexity. I love the attitude Tanith brought to this image.

#model #bikini #punk #desert
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I am a photographer based in the Ballard area of Seattle, Washington.  

I have a brain that is driven by patterns of texture, geometry, light and color.  I enjoy exploring new styles and techniques.  My work is a constant quest to create imagery that fires that particular set of neurons.  
I have been exhibited in a number of exhibitions, including SEAF, The Dirty Show, Erosfest (non of which is work you will here), and a show at Babeland on Capitol Hill.  My work was featured in the now-defunct Nostika magazine in San Diego.  

Currently I primarily photograph aspiring and working models.  If you would like to shoot with me, or hang out and share techniques please get in touch.

I plan to use this Google+ to share techniques and thoughts about photography.  Let me know if you have any questions.